NPA targets ISO certification, seamless cargo movement – Punch Newspap…


Anna Okon

The Nigerian Ports Authority has announced that it is in the process of being awarded the 9001 International Organisation for Standardisation certificate.

The Managing Director, NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, disclosed this in Lagos while unveiling plans for Nigeria’s hosting of the International Association of Ports and Habours Conference in Abuja.

According to ISO, the 9001 certification when conferred on any organisation ensures that the quality management systems that are adopted work to improve the business and not just a set of procedures that the firm’s employees will find hard to manage.

“By adopting an approach that starts out to implement more efficient working practices and focuses on the business objectives of the organisation, you will achieve a system that will help and support your staff and improve your levels of customer satisfaction,” the rating agency stated in a report on its website.

Bala-Usman expressed confidence that the certification would place Nigerian ports on the world map and attract more global recognition and investors to the country.

On the IAPH, conference themed ‘African Ports and Hinterland Connectivity’, the NPA MD who was recently elected the vice president of the association explained that stakeholders were concerned about African port infrastructure and the challenge of hinterland connectivity to the ports, adding that the conference was aimed at addressing this challenge.

The three-day conference will be a platform by stakeholders and experts to discuss the African port landscape, infrastructure, governance models, landlocked transit corridors, funding options for hinterland connectivity as well as sustainability and facilitation of the logistics and transport supply chain.

She stressed that the conference would have President Muhammadu Buhari as a special guest.

While on a courtesy call to The Punch Place, head office of Punch Nigeria Limited, earlier in the week, the NPA MD also shed light on a wide range of issues including the gridlock at Apapa, the ongoing rehabilitation of the roads and the progress of the work, which she said had reached 85 per cent completion and would be completed by year end.

She spoke about deployment of resources to rebuild the eastern ports and redirect cargoes from Lagos as well as some of the challenges associated with dredging Calabar port.

The contract for dredging of Escravos Channel, Warri had been signed and work should commence soon, she added, dismissing allegations of fraud levelled against the NPA by Dredging Atlantic Limited, the contractors who lost out in the contract bid for the dredging of the channel.

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